The much-awaited annual gala for cricket buffs around the World is here. Ashes 2015 begins on July 8 in England with the first Test match scheduled to be held at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. For a loyalist of English side, the memories of last Ashes series are certainly not worth being cherished when Aussies literally whitewashed the guests to swipe-off the series 5-0. The guests might be ruling the game at present however, hosts are also equally charged-up to take revenge for the last season.
England might have the advantage of playing at home, but Michael Clarke and co won't let it go either. Going by the records so far, England has managed to clinch all the series held in England since the year 2001 and currently they have enough talent to the guests feel the pressure of their new-look side. Although the bizarre performance in World Cup 2015 had affected the confidence of team England but, Alastair Cook and his strong side proved it is hereto stay by putting forth an excellent knock against kiwis in the ODI series only recently. Kangaroos on the other hand emerged as the winners of World Cup 2015 and even beat West Indies in the 2 match Test series.
Aussies are cricketing legends is a fact proven again and again. Although Ryan Harris sudden retirement has created a dent in the team but, Cummins is a talented man too. The legendary Shane Warne also feels that an Ashes win will further enhance the supremacy of Australian side and add to the Clarke's profile as an exceptionally brilliant Team Lead. The list of Australian players to watch out for in the first game begins with Mitchells Starc and Johnson; both of them being quality players. Lyon, Smith and David Warner are other names who are credibly superb in the game. These names are enough to cheer for Aussies who are always clear with their approach.
If cook manages to win matches for his side then it will not only put an end to questions arising over his own form but also it will be just the right reward in the middle of difficult times England cricket is facing at present. Cook, Joe Root, Moeen and Adam Lyth make up for the strong batting line-up for England. Anderson, Mark Worrd, and Steven Finn are amongst the top names for on the bowling front. Irrespective of how difficult it is to beat team England in front of their home crowd, Aussies are expected to register a win this time in the 1st Test Match.
England holds a good performance record back home, but there may be lesser chances to rejoice this time around, for yellow caps are in full swing. If rains do not intervene then Aussies are expected to register a win in the upcoming match. Going by popular bookies and cricket experts, here are the betting odds for the Australia vs England 1st Test-
Australia- 2, Draw- 3.65 and England- 4.3
So, putting you money on Australia turns out to be the wisest choice.
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